Review: Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham


Release date: July 23, 2019

Publisher: Scribner

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


A girl is discovered hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a terrible crime. Half-starved and filthy, she won’t tell anyone her name, or her age, or where she came from. Maybe she is twelve, maybe fifteen. She doesn’t appear in any missing persons file, and her DNA can’t be matched to an identity. Six years later, still unidentified, she is living in a secure children’s home with a new name, Evie Cormac. When she initiates a court case demanding the right to be released as an adult, forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven must determine if Evie is ready to go free. But she is unlike anyone he’s ever met—fascinating and dangerous in equal measure. Evie knows when someone is lying, and no one around her is telling the truth.

Meanwhile, Cyrus is called in to investigate the shocking murder of a high school figure-skating champion, Jodie Sheehan, who dies on a lonely footpath close to her home. Pretty and popular, Jodie is portrayed by everyone as the ultimate girl-next-door, but as Cyrus peels back the layers, a secret life emerges—one that Evie Cormac, the girl with no past, knows something about. A man haunted by his own tragic history, Cyrus is caught between the two cases—one girl who needs saving and another who needs justice. What price will he pay for the truth? Fiendishly clever, swiftly paced, and emotionally explosive, Good Girl, Bad Girl is the perfect thrilling summer read from internationally bestselling author Michael Robotham.


A couple of years ago I read my first Robotham novel, The Secrets She Keeps and was totally blown away! It ended up being one of my favorite reads of the year and is still one I recommend all of the time so to say I was looking forward to this one is an understatement! This was well worth the wait though, what an incredibly talented writer MR is.

I love when a book has several plot threads running along simultaneously and this had that and more. Told through two points of view, Cyrus a psychologist and Evie, a young woman with a tragic and secretive past I was SO invested in these two characters. Their relationship and dynamic was endlessly fascinating and the characterization was amazing, and then they both have similar, dark pasts that made them not only mysterious but also highly complex. Besides their personal secrets Cyrus is consulting on a case involving the murder of a young woman so there was always something exciting going on!

Normally I’m not a fan of loose ends but when I saw this was the start of a new series I calmed down a bit. While the central mystery was resolved and some small things were revealed about Evie’s history, there is SO much left to unpack still and I cannot wait to see exactly what that means. If you like strong characterization, amazing writing and a mystery that is actually surprising read this book!

Good Girl, Bad Girl in three words: Multilayered, Unexpected and Absorbing.

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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